1/26/2019

Jupiter's Moon


When I finished graduate school last year and decided to continue pursuing science full-time, some people were confused.  "I thought you wanted to do photography."  "Weren't you going to be a photographer?"  A woman can do both.  Whilst I was doing small gigs in Pasadena, I haven't heavily pursued photography out in Seattle.  The most photography I did was in November, where I did a "creative" shoot (I ask you to collaborate) and two "work" gigs, where my services were requested.

I've learned something during this process.  I work best when I am doing photography as a hobby.  That's not to say that I don't enjoy all my photoshoots, because I do, and each one brings a new challenge for me.  However, the photoshoots I am most excited to edit are the ones where I've sought out the model, to create freely without a set assignment or restrictions in mind.  These are the shoots that light a fire under me, that have me editing for hours immediately afterwards (I zone into the work completely!).  What this tells me is that I'd rather keep my photography as a hobby and not as a job.  I'll do the odd gig here and there, but I don't ever want this to feel like work.  Does anyone else feel like this?

Soliloquy aside . . . let me bring your attention to today's post!  This is one of several photoshoots I've done with Jupiter's moon, AKA Io.  I've worked with her before and she is genuinely one of my favorite models with whom to collaborate.  We typically pick a location and just go with the flow.  I never really "finish" editing all the frames from a day either because there are SO. MANY. useable shots.  Here are a few of my favorite edits from the last shoot!  If you're curious, the locations in Seattle we used were random streets in Capitol Hill and Volunteer Park.  Maybe a front stoop here and there . . .




Moving forward, I think I want to keep doing more of these portrait/fashion/lifestyle (?) kind of shoots.  It's tough for me to label; I like to think that I focus more on capturing the person than trying to sell "fashion" or "lifestyle" moments.  Things I want to work on in the future: incorporating more body length shots into my frames, changing up my style of editing, and seeking out different models.  I think I've gotten very comfortable in my editing process and need to change things up.  Life begins outside of your comfort zone, right?  Right!

5 comments :

  1. Love these shots as always! I can definitely imagine something creative like photography being more enjoyable as a hobby, rather within the pressures and constraints of a full time job.

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  2. Really love the shots! i remember younger I wanted to do photography and study something more 'brainey' but never thought it makes sense that you could do both...

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  3. I love these shots, they're gorgeous!! I've always thought the same about my hobbies. I enjoy blogging and taking photos, but doing it for work would suck the fun out of it for me. I work in digital so some of it still overlaps, but I definitely prefer to keep work projects and personal projects separate!

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  4. Amazing shots Alyse! It's good to keep something that you love as a hobby so it will never feel like work. As long as you enjoy doing it, why not?

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